Last nights episode of Blue Bloods (Season 5, episode 9: Under The Gun) was (for Hollywood standards) a revolution. Some lone killer in a motorcycle targets prominent Jewish people in what initially appears to be a rash of Hate Crimes. On the home front, Linda, the wife of Detective Danny Reagan gets mugged at knife point while working a mobile clinic in a seedy part of town.
After the third victim falls to gunfire, the Jewish community decides that prevention is the better part of valor and tells Commissioner Reagan that they are hiring 500 armed guards to protect Jewish centers (The first killing happened in front of a Temple), the Comish is not very happy about it and storms off the gathering. Linda Reagan uses her influence on being married to the son of the Commissioner to get a gun permit and buys a gun for personal protection. And yes, she buys a snub nose, but it was not pink and I actually think was a Ruger LCR.
During the Family Dinner (a recurring scene in every episode and subject to much hate by haters) Papa Reagan stands alone in his indignation of the Jewish Community seeking extra security when every adult in the table agrees that there is nothing wrong with people to defend themselves. I must point out that Papa Reagan is not against the defending but with the way it makes NYPD look like they are not prepared to handle the problem… and my brain kept popping a banner with Castle Rock v. Gonzales.
In the meantime, Detective Reagan finds out that the killings are not based on Hate but on revenge about a lawsuits in which the three individuals were involved and that there was still one more person to be targeted: a nurse who is out walking her dog. Linda Reagan is back to work at the project and as she arrives to the location, she sees the guy who robbed her at the beginning of the show. For a couple of moments we think she is gonna go Dirty Harriet but she eventually pulls out her cell phone and calls 911 which is the smart thing to do.
But where the surprise hits home is Danny Reagan and his partner looking for the targeted nurse in a park. He suddenly hears shooting and runs towards the sound and finds the killer being brought down by the nurse who is legally carrying a concealed weapon.
The show ends on a rerun of old clichés when Linda gives the gun to her husband saying that is not for her and blah-blah, but I have to go back to the nurse and the myths that scene confronts: A woman armed (That does not happen evah!) uses her gun effectively (somehow the killer was not able to rip it off her hand and use it against her) and stops the bad guy (without bringing down a double-decker bus full of handicapped children from Iowa on their way to the Vatican to see the Pope) without shakes or hysterics. Her life was in danger, she had the proper tool, she used it, bad guy down, end of story. For us, nothing to be surprised about, but for the Hollywood Media Machine?
Maybe there is hope after all.